ex·​trude | \ ik-ˈstrüd How to pronounce extrude (audio) \
extruded; extruding

Definition of extrude

transitive verb

1 : to force, press, or push out
2 : to shape (a substance, such as metal or plastic) by forcing through a die

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Other Words from extrude

extrudability \ ik-​ˌstrü-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce extrudability (audio) \ noun
extrudable \ ik-​ˈstrü-​də-​bəl How to pronounce extrudable (audio) \ adjective
extruder \ ik-​ˈstrü-​dər How to pronounce extruder (audio) \ noun

Examples of extrude in a Sentence

The machine extrudes enough molten glass to fill the mold. The plastic is extruded as a strong, continuous sheet. a toy made from extruded plastic
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Recent Examples on the Web Further down the line Deakin’s researchers are looking into making rebars out of basalt, an abundant volcanic rock, by melting it and extruding it into fibres. The Economist, "A pair of Australian bridges try to cure concrete cancer," 2 Nov. 2019 The syrups are blended into the custard for a custom flavor, which is extruded into a swirl shape. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Scotties Frozen Custard wants you to know the custard at its roadside stand is the real deal," 23 Aug. 2019 This one has that magnetic barcode pattern going right through it, a strong sign that it was created by magma extruding itself out of ocean ridges. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "This is now the world's largest volcano, geologists say," 15 July 2019 The membrane is a web of polyester fibers, extruded from 220,000 tiny nozzles and laid in a sheet. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "On the Slopes in the North Face Futurelight Shell," 10 June 2019 Make sure that the gaskets are above the tray for a watertight seal, and that the nipples extrude beneath it. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow Hydroponic Plants at Home," 13 Feb. 2017 To give the benches their intertwined appearance, a six-axis robot extruded a continuous stream of concrete in a wavering motion, building up one layer of material on top of the next. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These 3D-printed concrete benches look woven," 29 Aug. 2018 The Studio system uses a nozzle to extrude metal powders mixed with a polymer binder to form a three-dimensional object. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 That code determines where the printer moves along its track, extruding 3⁄4-inch-thick layers of concrete like icing on a cake. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of extrude

1566, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for extrude

Latin extrudere, from ex- + trudere to thrust — more at threat

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of extrude was in 1566

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How to pronounce extrude (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extrude

: to force, press, or push (something) out
: to shape (something) by forcing it through a hole


ex·​trude | \ ik-ˈstrüd How to pronounce extrude (audio) \
extruded; extruding

Medical Definition of extrude

transitive verb

: to force, press, or push out

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